Last of Us: Remastered
Thriller action RPG
Description: Post-apocalyptic world where a disease over takes the world and the humans must survive against the infected and other humans. Joel witnesses the beginning of the chaos, and survives. Which is more than a large portion of the world. Twenty years pass and Joel is turned cold as ice. Enter Ellie. A young teenage girl, who could hold the key to humanity’s salvation. All Joel has to do is cross across the county with a teenage girl, fighting off infected, and sneaking past humans. Three very deadly things to handle.
Review: This game was originally released on playstation3 but the developers were kind enough to remaster and rerelease it on playstation4. Which I am eternally grateful for, otherwise I never would have found myself playing it. I had heard for years how great this game was and I had to see what the hype was about.
It first starts off on Joel’s birthday and him arriving late, with his young daughter asleep on the couch waiting for him to come home. He wakes her up and they spend some quality time together. The player wakes up after a bit, controlling the little girl named Sarah. You walk through an empty dark house looking for your dad. Police drive by, lights and sirens. Dogs barking like crazy outside. But no dad to be found. You find his phone on the nightstand, several missed messages from your uncle who apparently is freaking out and is on the way over. Downstairs you go, lights still off but the backdoor is slightly open. As you approach it, your dad bursts in and slams the glass door behind him with labored breathing. The neighbor bleeding slams his whole body against the door breaking through. Bang bang. He goes down.
This is all within the first couple minutes of the game. The action is always intense, many times I found myself actually holding my breath. (Keep in mind, I never play horror/thriller games.) The scenarios you find yourself in require a finesse touch and always have a situational awareness. And the crazy part is, this is not even the best part of the game.
Character development and bonding. As you play through the game as Joel and Ellie, fighting to survive together. You will grow attached. Those feeler buttons, the ones that might make you cry a little. Yeah the developers create ways to poke the crap out of your buttons. I found myself wanting to do anything to keep that mouthy teenage brat alive, silently yelling at anything that may do her harm. It’s designed that way so you embrace the characters as though you’re actually there. It was the most immersed I have been with individual characters in over 10 years (last being final fantasy 10 on playstation2).
Although the combat and online portions of the game are done well, the story and character development just outshine them and cannot be over emphasized. I would recommend every person, gamer or not, to play this game. You will love, you may cry and everyone can appreciate it one way or another.
Plot: 5/5 Gameplay: 5/5
Character development 9/5 Graphics: 5/5
Replayability: 4/5 Overall: 5/5 Lizas!